Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

When I'm looking for a light and healthy dinner ideas, these Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls instantly comes to my mind. There is nothing more daunting for me than to spend the whole evening cooking in a hot kitchen. I truly believe that summer food should be fresh and simple because we have the luxury to eat delicious fresh produce while it in its prime season. So let's leave stew and roasted meat for colder seasons and enjoy eating crunchy raw veggies and delicious ripe fruits. T... Continue Reading

Tuna Tartare with Lemongrass on Crispy Wontons

Recently I've had an amazing opportunity to teach a cooking master class in the heart of San Francisco. It was my first teaching experience, and I felt incredibly excited, but at the same time overwhelmed with all the preparation and planning. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to give this class. At first, the whole idea of showing other people how to dice, julienne, and brunoise gave me and anxiety. However, the more I though it through, the more excited I got. Because I realized ... Continue Reading

Spring Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

While browsing your local grocery store or farmers market, you've probably noticed unusually large asparagus stands. We have for sure! That's because asparagus is in season right now and that means it's time to find a new delicious recipe to cook with this wonderfully fresh, green and crisp vegetable while it in its prime. With no further introduction, we are presenting you our Spring Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart with creamy egg filling. Asparagus is such an amazing vegetable! You can blanch, ... Continue Reading

Raspberry Ricotta Crostini

The combination of raspberry compote, ricotta, and orange are our latest flavor discovery. Creamy ricotta mixed with orange zest and topped with simmered raspberries make an exceptional combination, fresh and vibrant just the way we like it. It feels like we're posting the recipe just in time, considering the raspberry season is around the corner. And if you're trying to find a perfect party appetizer look no further. These Raspberry Ricotta Crostini look so festive and would be incredibly good ... Continue Reading

Hummus and Fried Tomatoes Bruschetta

As you may notice, we are in love with bruschetta because it's a perfect appetizer and a great snack option. In addition, it's always exciting to play with different ingredients and experiment with new recipes. That's why we decided to create a vegetarian version that will have a uniquely robust flavor of fresh herbs and veggies. Very happy, these Hummus and Fried Tomatoes bruschetta came out so delicious. As always, we tested a new recipe on our friends, and they loved it a lot! We served ... Continue Reading

Sweet’ n ‘Tangy Chicken Wings

Game Day is all about getting together with friends, eating good food, and sharing a great experience. That's why we prepared this incredible Sweet'n'Tangy Chicken wings. We could not think of a more suitable dish for this occasion that traditional chicken wings, but with a modern twist. We wanted to play around with the flavorful ingredient. For the marinade, we use a mix of Asian sauces, brown sugar, fresh garlic, and ginger. So many powerful ingredients in one dish it's almost too good to be ... Continue Reading

Rustic Eggplant Bruschetta with Olive Tapenade

Sometimes you cook a dish, and it's so good you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That's exactly how we feel about this Rustic Bruschetta with Eggplant Spread and Olive Tapenade. It easily can be your weekend breakfast, weekday lunch or light dinner. When we created this bruschetta recipe, we were inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. We wanted to add something warm and summer like to the menu, just to remind ourself that the winter will be over soon (or almost soon), and ahead of us ... Continue Reading

Pan Cooked Shrimp with Piquant Romesco Sauce

These super cool Pan Cooked Shrimp with Romesco Sauce recipe is not my idea. Therefore, I need to give all the credit to my good friend and partner in crime Masha. She's an amazing cook and always come up with the most wonderful cooking solutions. She was telling me about her favorite Romesco sauce and that we should create the recipe and post it on our website for several weeks. But since we've just launched Viva La Food there were so many things on our plate I simply could not find a time to ... Continue Reading

Blood orange Jam and Grapefruit Goat Cheese Crostini

Every time I want to throw a party, I'm struggling with finding the right appetizer to serve. Seriously, it's a very important decision to make. Because appetizer is the first thing that your guest will taste (if not to count wine), and you need a proper starter to set the tone of your party and to put the guests in the right mood. On my parties, I prefer to serve simple yet elegant food, which goes well with the wine I picked. Yeah, in our house there are mostly wine parties. You know my ... Continue Reading